Entries tagged with: Summerstage
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Flatbush Zombies at SXSW 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
Joey Bada$$ & Pro Era, Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers have a big Central Park SummerStage show on July 7 coming up (tickets). That show ends at 10 PM, but Pro Era, Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers will also play another show later that night at Highline Ballroom. Doors are at 11:15 PM. Tickets are on sale.
Speaking of rap shows at Central Park SummerStage, rapper Young Thug is playing there on September 17 with trap producer RL Grime. Opening that show is Mr. Carmack. Tickets are on sale. You can watch the video for "Check" off Young Thug's recent Barter 6, below.
RL Grime also recently put out the new song "Scylla (VIP)," which you can stream below.
In other rap news, Vince Staples will be in NYC soon for the XXL Freshmen show on June 30 at Best Buy Theater with DeJ Loaf, Fetty Wap, GoldLink, Raury, Tink and more (tickets). Earlier that day, Vince will give a discussion and performance at Apple Store SoHo from 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM. His debut album, Summertime '06, is streaming now and the video for "Señorita" is below.
There's also two more chances to catch Fetty Wap in and around NYC after that. Fetty Wap & The Remy Boyz will play Stage 48 on July 8 (tickets), and Fetty will open for... Chris Brown on August 30 at Jones Beach (tickets). In case you live under a rock and haven't heard it, you can listen to Fetty Wap's unstoppable "Trap Queen" below.
One last one for now: Viral rapper Stitches (pictured above) will play The Studio at Webster Hall on July 23 with local staples Main Attrakionz. His virality comes from his song "Brick In Yo Face," which was uploaded to YouTube last year and now has over 6 million views, and maybe also because of those face tattoos. The song (which later appeared on the No Snitching Is My Statement mixtape, hosted by Waka Flocka's DJ, DJ Ace) sounds a little more fit for Gathering of the Juggalos than a show with a cloud rap duo, but it's not hard to see why it's taking off. If you haven't heard it yet, see what you think, below. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Saturday (6/27) at 10 AM.
All mentioned videos/song streams below...
Hip hop legend Pete Rock, known among other things for his classic 1992 collaboration with CL Smooth, Mecca and the Soul Brother, put out a new instrumental album this week. It's called Petestrumentals 2, and it's the long-awaited sequel to 2001's Petestrumentals. You can stream the whole thing below.
Pete is celebrating the album with a release show at Brooklyn Bowl TONIGHT (6/24), and he's promising a ton of exciting special guest appearances from Smoke DZA, Slum Village, Termanology, Camp Lo, Sean Price, Das EFX, Large Professor and Royal Flush. DJ Natasha Diggs is opening the night, and Pharoahe Monch is hosting. Tickets are available.
Pete's next live appearance is a SummerStage show on July 19 in Queensbridge Park, where he'll be performing alongside a screening of Nas documentary Time Is Illmatic. That goes from 7-9 PM and is totally free.
Petestrumentals 2 album stream below...
Summer in NYC means SummerStage, mostly-free concerts in Central Park and many other parks around NYC. Who caught Mastodon and Clutch? The Felice Brothers + The Barr Brothers? Charles Bradley?
Other upcoming SummerStage shows we're excited about include:
* Caribou and Sinkane on August 6 in East River Park (FREE!)
Check out the full schedule for muchhhhh more.
And check out a great interview with Joey BadA$$ over at Gothamist.
Watch a video SummerStage made recapping opening night this year with Tedeschi Trucks Band, below. The Duck Down BBQ flyer is down there too.
photo: Sinkane @ Highline Ballroom in January (more by Greg Cristman)
Sinkane will warm up for his appearance at this weekend's Bonnaroo fest with a Brooklyn show on Thursday (6/11) at 501 Union in Gowanus. The show, which is presented by GAP, also features a set from Prefuse 73 keyboardist Ryan Rahseed. Tickets are on sale now. You can also catch Sinkane opening for Caribou at East River Park Summerstage on August 6. That show is free. You may recall Sinkane played as part of the Caribou Vibration Ensemble a few years back.
In other news, we've got the premiere of a remix of Sinkane's "New Name" by Coral D, aka Duncan Stump, one half of DFA artists Mock & Toof and who also runs Tiny Sticks label. Stump maintains the tribal vibe of the original song (from last year's Mean Love), but takes it below the topsoil into darker (more minimal) territory. Stream it below.
One of the hip hop shows happening during the 2015 SummerStage season this year is the annual Duck Down BBQ, which takes place June 11 in Betsy Head Park. Like last year, BrooklynVegan is proudly one of the sponsors.
This year's lineup includes Buckshot, Smif N Wessun, Sean Price & Rock of Heltah Skeltah, Kirk Knight & CJ Fly of Pro Era, Chelsea Reject, Raz Fresco, Young M.A, DJs Statik Selektah and Mr. Green, and host Peter Rosenberg. It's totally FREE, as is food and gear, and the show goes down from 6-9 PM.
Speaking of SummerStage hip hop shows, tonight (6/2) they ahve Scarface in Red Hook Park.
Funk legend George Clinton was in NYC last week (5/12) for a talk at Brooklyn Museum as part of the Red Bull Music Academy. The hour-plus conversation touched on his whole career, being sampled and more. You can watch the whole thing below. If you'd like to hear more from him, Clinton released a memoir, Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard on You?, last year.
Clinton will be back in our area soon, but with Parliament-Funkadelic, playing two free NYC shows: Queensbridge Park on July 15 as part of SummerStage, and then Brooklyn's Metrotech Commons on July 16 as part of BAM's free summer R&B Festival. The Metrotech show is at noon, and later that day P-Funk will play another free show, this time at Newark's NJPAC Theatre Square. Originally Clinton was to have played NJPAC on June 10 as part of a "House Party" with Kid n' Play and Full Force, but that was recently cancelled.
Then on July 19, Clinton and P-Funk play The Paramount in Long Island. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All upcoming dates are listed, along with video of Clinton's BAM lecture series, below...
Joey Bada$$ is set to go on the 'World Domination' tour this spring with Mick Jenkins and Denzel Curry in continued support of this year's B4.DA.$$, and just after that he'll play 'Steez Day' on July 7 at Central Park SummerStage with fellow NYC hip hop pals Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers. Tickets for that stacked bill go on sale Friday (5/8) at noon with a presale starting Thursday (5/7) at 10 AM.
Joey also plays NYC-area fest Hot 97 Summer Jam in early June with Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean and more. All Joey's dates are listed below.
Earlier this week, Joey and fellow Pro Era member Nyck Caution dropped the new track "World In Your Pocket," produced by Chuck Strangers. Stream that, with a recent video of Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers interviewing each other, below...
The Grateful Dead 50th anniversary shows in Chicago and California will stream online (pay-per-view) for those unable to attend, and a $79.95 presale for the webcast for all five nights begins today (5/1) at Dead50.net.
The Chicago shows will also stream on TV and in theaters. Here's more details on the webcast, via Rolling Stone:
The pay-per-view event will be hosted by CNBC reporter Steve Liesman and feature special guest host Bill Walton, a Basketball Hall of Famer and perhaps the group's most famous Deadhead. The intermission for each show will feature taped interviews, live interviews with fans, a short documentary on the Grateful Dead directed by Justin Kreutzmann and more. The broadcast will also be accessible as a video-on-demand option for fans that can't catch the concerts live.In related news, in addition to Dead member Phil Lesh's six NYC-area shows at the Capitol Theatre, he'll be playing one night in NYC proper on September 16 at Central Park Summerstage. For that show, Phil will be joined by Chris Robinson, Neal Casal, Eric Krasno, Adam MacDougall and Tony Leone. Tickets are on sale now.
Dead member Bill Kreutzmann will be in NYC this coming week when his book tour hits Barnes & Noble Tribeca on May 6. The tour's in support of his new memoir, Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams and Drugs with The Grateful Dead, which comes out May 5.
In other related news, there's an upcoming NYC show celebrating both the Dead's 50th anniversary and Jefferson Airplane's 50 anniversary happening August 16 at BB King's. Airplane spinoff Jefferson Starship are playing (they played a full Airplane set at that venue in March), as well as Dead tribute band Jazz Is Dead, David Freiberg's current version of San Francisco Sound band Quicksilver Messenger Service (known as Quicksilver "Happy Trails"), and a set from former Dead pianist Tom Constanten. The show will be mixed and hosted by former Dead sound engineer Dan Healy. Tickets are on sale now.
UK dance duo Basement Jaxx will be playing select US shows this summer, including a stop in NYC at Central Park SummerStage on July 1. It's a full live performance (not a DJ set) and tickets go on sale Friday (5/1) at noon. A presale begins Thursday (4/30) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
SummerStage has been leaking some of the artists playing their 2015 season, also its 30th year, for the last month and today they've announced the whole lineup and schedule. Free shows, which happen at different city parks, include Caribou, George Clinton, Dr. John, The Felice Brothers, Africa Bambaataa, The Barr Brothers, Roy Ayers, Charles Bradley, Jungle, and more. It's an expanded SummerStage season this year as well, running from May 18 - October 4, with 140 free shows.
Check out the entire schedule, broken down by genre, below...
Dawes at Central Park Summerstage in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
Folk rockers Dawes recently announced their fourth full-length, All Your Favorite Bands, out June 2 via the band's HUB label. They've now shared the album's first single "Things Happen" and a video to go along with it. Check it out below.
Dawes are going out on tour with Hozier for the majority of the summer, also appearing at a few stops on Mumford and Sons' Gentlemen of the Road festival tour (including the NYC-area stop in NJ), and they play NYC proper after their appearance at NJ's XPoNential Music Festival.
The NYC show is with the similarly minded Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit (who put out their major label debut last year) and happens Central Park Summerstage on July 27 with support from Canadian folk artist Andy Shauf. Dawes are no stranger the the SummerStage, opening for Conor Oberst there last year and headlining it back in 2012. Tickets for the SummerStage show go on sale Friday (4/10) at noon.
Check out all of Dawes' and First Aid Kit's upcoming dates the video for "Things Happen" below...
by Bill Pearis
Caribou's terrific 2014 album Our Love has just been given an expanded digital edition with seven remixes, including "Second Chance" by Cyril Hahn and two different versions of "Mars" by Head High, all of which can be streamed below. Says Caribou's Dan Snaith:
The Cyril Hahn remix is a beautiful ethereal slowed-down version of 'Second Chance' and came about in the way that many of my favorite remixes from this album did: Cyril made a bootleg mix from the album version which caught my attention and I loved it and sent him the parts to finish for the full released version...Full tracklist for the expanded Our Love is below.
...The Head High remixes illustrate the prowess of one of house and techno's don's - Germany's René Pawlowitz aka Head High aka Shed aka Wax aka WK7 aka Evil Fred aka The Traveller aka Wax aka... I've been hammering Head High's tunes in my DJ sets (alongside everyone else) for years. He's infallible - almost inhumanly so. His tracks reliably pulverize everything in their path.
Having played two sold out shows at Webster Hall last year, Caribou will be back in NYC during the warmer months to play a SummerStage show. (SummerStage is announcing it's 2015 slate one performer a day all this month.) Date and venue have yet to be announced. Stay tuned.
UPDATE: Caribou's SummerStage show happens August 6 at East River Park. It's a free show
All announced dates, plus those remix streams and live video of Caribou playing "Can't Do Without You" and "Back Home" on Later with Carson Daly, below...
photo: Summerstage 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
We already know about some ticketed SummerStage shows happening at Rumsey Playfield in NYC's Central Park this summer: Mastodon, Clutch and Graveyard play on 5/19 (tickets), The Kooks, Atlas Genius and Joywave play on 6/24 (tickets), Father John Misty, Angel Olsen and Summer Moon will play on August 5th (tickets) and Walk the Moon on September 24 (tickets on sale Friday [3/13] at noon).
The rest of the 2015 SummerStage lineup, most of it free shows in various parks around NYC, will be announced, one artist a day, over the next 30 days. Stay tuned to this post. We'll update it each day as names are announced.
SummerStage, originally just a series of mostly-free events in Central Park, expanded to parks in all 5 boroughs of NYC a few years ago (Central Park, Red Hook park, East River Park, etc). This year is their 30th anniversary.
The first 2015 free show artist to be announced is veteran Brooklyn MC, Cold Chillin' Juice Crew member and MF Doom collaborator Masta Ace. No show date or venue yet.
More SummerStage 2015 artists include Dr John, Felice Brothers, Ibeyi, Bombino, Ingrid Michaelson, Giles Peterson, The Lox, an event based around NPR's "Ask Me Another," and more. All announced 2015 SummerStage artists are listed below...
photo: FJM @ Bowery Ballroom on Valentine's Day (more by PSquared)
Tickets for the show go on sale to the general public on Friday (2/20) at noon. All Father John Misty tour dates are listed HERE. He's been covering Leonard Cohen's "I'm Your Man" at shows and now a good quality video of him playing that cover in California has surfaced. Watch it below...
photos by P Squared Photography
UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
Father John Misty @ Bowery Ballroom, 2/14/2015
To watch Father John Misty live is to be entertained. My fellow crowdsmen were all singing along, flush with smiles, too entranced to even makeout with each other--at least not excessively, thank God. His voice is better than you even thought, and it just seems to come out of his mouth, like he's not even singing. He's a showman who slings the mic-stand over his head and ends most numbers on his knees. For "Chateau Lobby #4" he brought out a trumpet player in full mariachi get-up. His dance moves are goofy and make you laugh, but actually impressive--skinny boy can shake his bones! Which makes sense for his whole persona: Half in-jest, half-devastating. At one point, a pink balloon from the crowd with the words "I love you" and a couple teddy bears on it floated to the stage, and Misty held it faux-sentimentally. -[NY Observer]Father John Misty wrapped up his NYC visit with a show, appropriately, on Valentine's Day at Bowery Ballroom. Like Rough Trade earlier in the week, it was sold out, more packed than usual with more than your average number of fans seeking tickets outside. Guy Blakeslee opened again as well. Also like his other full-band show, Josh Tillman was in full-on entertainer mode with the crowd lapping it up. Pictures and setlist are in this post.
Father John Misty will be on tour this summer, and his next NYC show will be at Central Park Summerstage on August 5 with Angel Olsen and Summer Moon. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/20) at noon but you can get them early with the BrooklynVegan presale that starts Wednesday (2/18) at noon. Check back Wednesday morning for the presale password.
UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
Updated tour dates, plus more pictures from FJM's Valentine's Day show, below...
Tickets for the Mastodon / Clutch / Graveyard show at Central Park Summerstage on May 19 go on Invisible Oranges/BrooklynVegan presale at noon today (1/22). Get yours using the PASSWORD: clutchoranges.
If you miss out on getting tickets, the general on-sale starts at noon on Friday (1/23). More tour dates HERE.
by Bill Pearis
Hollie Cook @ Glasslands in October (more by PSquared)
NYC SummerStage is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2015 and you can get a taste of what's to come this year at their annual preview party which happens at Highline Ballroom on Thursday (1/8). Hollie Cook will headline, making this her second-ever NYC show. (Her first was at Glasslands in October.) Also on the bill: Montreal's harp-weilding Barr Brothers and Taylor McFerrin (yes, son of Bobby). Tickets are on sale. The Highline Show is Hollie's only show currently on her schedule. Her second album, Twice, was one of my favorite albums of 2014 and you can stream it below.
The next night (Friday, 1/9) at Highline is Neneh Cherry's first ever NYC show (tickets). Fun fact: both Neneh and Hollie were members of The Slits, albeit 25 years apart. Flyer for the SummerStage 2015 preview show below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"Britt was Simon AND Garfunkel, tonight in Central Park. Thank you @spoontheband !" - Eleanor Friedberger
Spoon / !!! / Operators @ Central Park 9/10/2014
On the heels of their great new album, They Want My Soul, Spoon brought their tour to NYC last night (9/10) for a show under the stars at Central Park Summerstage. (Their second show in town this summer.) You couldn't have asked for a lovelier night, with the band casting tall sillouhettes against white panels behind them. Britt Daniel and the rest of the new lineup of Spoon were in good spirits, with the majority of the set devoted mainly to songs from the new album and 2007's Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga. Pictures and setlist are in this post.
Where most of Spoon's tour has been with either Hamilton Leithauser or EMA opening, Summerstage got a special undercard. !!! (chk chk chk), whose most recent album was produced by Spoon's Jim Eno, offered up a typically spirited set punky funk, with frontman Nic Offer still in those short shorts. The evening started with Dan Boeckner's new band, Operators (their third NYC show), who are now a quartet, adding onetime Hot Hot Heat member Dustin Hawthorne on bass. (Related fun fact: HHH's Dante DeCaro was in Wolf Parade.) Even though between Spoon and Operators every member of Britt and Dan's Divine Fits were in on stage at one point or another last night, the band did not make an actual appearance.
More pics from last night's Summerstage show, and Spoon's setlist, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"Both talented and righteous, Dev Hynes made sweet soul music AND denounced the police state at #Summerstage/#OKPat15 tonight" - Michael Azzerad
Blood Orange / Sean Nicholas Savage
In the latter half of the set, after dedicating "Chosen" to Michael Brown and two others, Devontè Hynes had to have a say about what's been happening recently in the world. "I hate what's happening in Ferguson right now. F-k Ferguson. F-k Lollapalooza. I hate this f-cking police state we're living in - not New York, I mean the world. I'm going after Lollapalooza and I'm going to f-cking destroy them." Really, he explained, that he just wanted to dance and couldn't because of the pain in his leg, ostensibly caused by he and his girlfriend being attacked by a security guard at Lollapalooza in retaliation for Hynes speaking out against racism and police brutality. [FDRMX]
Dev Hynes' Blood Orange project played a free Central Park Summerstage show on Saturday (8/16). It was opened by Arbutus-signed prolific lo-fi pop songwriter Sean Nicholas Savage (who played Death by Audio a night earlier) and Moses Sumney whose one-man/loop-pedal set included a Majical Cloudz cover. Blood Orange played to a capacity crowd, bringing out frequent collaborator Samantha Urbani for a few songs, Charlift's Caroline Polachek for "Chamaky," and grime vet Skepta for "High Street." As you can read in the quote above, Dev gave some politically charged speeches in between songs, as he was clearly emotional about the situation in Ferguson as well as his brush with police at Lollapalooza, where he was wearing a shirt emblazoned with the names of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, and others.
Pictures of the show are in this post and continue below...
Spoon @ Governors Ball 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Spoon took their sweet time announcing openers for their Central Park Summerstage show on September 10. (Most dates on the tour are either with EMA or Hamilton Leithauser.) But now it is known that multi-continent funk punks !!! (chk chk chk) and Dan Boeckner's new group Operators will be the night's very high quality undercard. Tickets are still available but if you want to go for free, we've got a pair of tickets to give away. Details below.
This marks Operators third NYC show (the first was BV's Northside showcase, the second was with now tourmates Future Islands). Also, interestingly, this means all four members of Divine Fits (Boeckner and Britt Daniel's combo band) will be performing at this show. In addition to Britt Daniel and Boeckner, Divine Fits guitarist/keyboardist Alex Fischel is now in Spoon, and drummer Sam Brown is in Operators. Maybe we'll get a DF encore?
Ticket giveaway details below...
Blood Orange at Webster Hall in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Blood Orange mastermind Dev Hynes has just announced a performance of his score from Gia Coppola's new film Palo Alto (based on the book by James Franco, who also stars in the film) in tandem with a screening of the film. The performance will take place in NYC at BRIC House on October 9. Tickets will be available to BRIC members starting Tuesday August 12 at noon, and to the general public the following Tuesday, August 19, at the same time. Hynes's label, Domino, has put up a new stream of one of the tracks from the Palo Alto score, called "Fred Drives," which you can check out below.
As discussed, Blood Orange also have a free show coming up at Central Park Summerstage on August 16 with Moses Sumney and Sean Nicholas Savage.
All Blood Orange dates, including FYF Fest, are listed with the new song stream and Palo Alto trailer, below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Langhorne Slim / Spirit Family Reunion / Old Crow Medicine Show
Langhorne Slim has been on the road lately, but before he left his current hometown of East Nashville, he had some weird stuff go down, as The Tennessean reports. His 1977 Mercury Comet was stolen in late July, and days later when Slim was in Vancouver for a show (he got their via a tour van), his car was spotted and his friend Mike Beyer (who helped him purchase the car) was on the case. After Beyer called the police and trailed the car himself, the teens driving the Comet eventually pulled over and escaped into the woods. Upon getting his car back, what was Langhorne Slim's response? To write a song:
The story seems to have created the kind of dramatic friction songwriters dream about.Read the rest of the story at The Tennessean.
"I don't think that you need to be miserable or have terrible things happen to write songs, though it seems to be where the songs come from," Slim said.
He had picked up his guitar after the theft, already mulling the possibilities.
"Now," he said, "the whole thing is beautiful."
Langhorne Slim's tour hit NYC for a Summerstage show in Central Park on Monday (8/4) with a folk-oriented lineup of Old Crow Medicine Show and Spirit Family Reunion. Pictures from that show are in this post. They continue, with a couple videos, below...
photos by Mimi Hong
Conor Oberst, Dawes & Larkin Poe @ Summerstage -- 7/29/14
"Each stage of Oberst's career is intentionally different than previous iterations (we are talking about the guy that released an electronic and acoustic album on the same day), but Dawes and the others had no problems keeping true to their spirit. The organ from "If The Brakeman Turns My Way" was spot on, and the strings and brass nicely accompanied their respective songs. Once again, Goldsmith deserves a special mention for his guitar playing that at times was reminiscent of Mark Knopfler's during the 80s.Conor Oberst (now past fake rape accusations) and Dawes are no strangers to supergroups and collaborations. In addition to Bright Eyes and the Mystic Valley Band, Oberst has been known to team up with M. Ward, Mike Mogis and My Morning Jacket's Jim James as Monsters of Folk. John McCauley of Deer Tick and Matthew Vasquez of Delta Spirit joined Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith of Dawes to play as Middle Brother. Pretty cool to now see another variation of all this folk and country tinged rock n' roll with the joining of Conor and Dawes on this current tour, where Dawes is both opening and backing Conor.
The encore consisted of two of the five tracks from I'm Wide Awake played that night, and both were smart choices. First was "Lua", played with minimal backing and ended with another trumpet on solo by Walcott, a performance that I will certainly not forget, it was moving and sweet; a beautiful coda on an already beautiful song. And lastly there was "Another Travelin' Song," a song that speaks for itself."
[Pancakes and Whiskey]
Last week that tour hit Central Park Summerstage (a venue that Dawes have also headlined) for a big NYC show one day after the boys (and sister duo Larkin Poe who were are also in Conor's band) hit Letterman to perform "Hundreds of Ways" off Conor's new album Upside Down Mountain (out now via Nonesuch). A day before that they were all at Newport Folk Fest for a 12 song set that you can listen to at NPR.
Letterman video and more pictures from Central Park, along with setlists, are below...
If you live or hang out in Williamsburg, you may have noticed that for most of July, the corner space at Driggs & Metropolitan has been taken over as the Levis Commuter Workspace, offering wifi, workspace, and lots of cyclist services: tune-ups, customization, washes, and more. (Also a look at the clothing brand's Commuter line). The space closes this weekend but not before Prodigy of veteran hip hop duo Mobb Deep performs at the free Closing Party there this Saturday (7/26) at 7 PM. All you have to do to get in is RSVP. There will be cocktails provided by Baby's All Right and Grady's Cold Brew, commuters can bring their bikes for complimentary tune-ups, and there will be a chance to win a Tokyobike. Do note RSVP does not guarantee entry, which is based on capacity.
Mobb Deep celebrated the 20th anniversary of the 1994 recording sessions for their classic LP The Infamous (released in 1995) this year by releasing The Infamous Mobb Deep, a two-disc set that includes their first new music since 2006 and unreleased material from the original Infamous sessions. They just made a video for "Low" (ft. Mack Wilds) off the newly-recorded portion, which you can watch below.
Mobb Deep have also been pretty active as a live group lately. They played their home city this past May at Irving Plaza and this past Thursday (7/17) they played their actual hometown when they put on their first-ever show in Queensbridge Park, as part of the ongoing Summerstage series. Vulture caught the show and wrote:
A few hours before their "homecoming" concert in Queensbridge Park last Thursday night, Prodigy and Havoc, the two halves who make up the whole of the rap group Mobb Deep, were philosophizing as to why "The QB," which is what the giant public-housing project adjacent to the park is often called, has produced so many hip-hoppers. It is a roster that includes the great Nas, Capone (of Capone-N-Noreaga), Marley Marl, Roxanne Shanté, and Mobb Deep itself, whose 1995 album The Infamous is considered a classic of hard-core urbanity, a formidable East Coast response to Dr. Dre's immortal Cali-based The Chronic. The QB's fecundity was a product of "time, space, and motion," said Prodigy, the erstwhile boy genius who, like his equally diminutive partner (neither tops five foot six), turns 40 this year. Much is owed to the Queens housing project's sheer size, said Prodigy; it was the biggest one not only in New York City but in the entire country. But more than that was "the location."Watch a couple videos of that show, with the new "Low" video, below...
...when the group hit the stage, picturesquely set beneath the elegantly industrial arches of the renamed Edward I. Koch Bridge, a burst of joy came forth. "Queensbridge!," Prodigy shouted into the mike. "Queensbridge!" returned the crowd, which certainly included a large number of the QB "old-timers," some of whom have been living in the project for half a century and arrived in their wheelchairs to bop along to the beats. Never much for nonsense time-killing (no soft-ass, dreary R&B voicings for them), Mobb Deep went hard, kicking through their new stuff and bringing the old, really busting it on "Temperature's Rising," with its whoa! lines, "that snitch n***** gave the police your location/we'll chop up his body in six degrees of separation." The lines were just as foreboding as ever, but on this mid-summer evening, with the festive picnic crowd, the city gleaming in the sunset, no hint of mayhem could pierce the celebration.
photos by Adela Loconte
Bonobo / Cibo Matto at Central Park Summerstage - 7/13/14
We just mentioned that Odesza played Central Park Summerstage yesterday (7/13) opening for Bonobo and Cibo Matto, and we've now got a set of pictures of the latter two. For the officially back-in-action Cibo Matto, it was their second show of the weekend after playing Warm Up at MoMA PS1 a day earlier. Bonobo will be back in NYC for Electric Zoo this August.
Summerstage shows continue with a Pete Seeger tribute (7/12), Dr. John & Hurray for the Riff Raff (8/2), Blood Orange (8/16) and more.
More pictures from yesterday's show below...